Thursday, December 1, 2016

Homemade Butter

At first Mookie did not seem to be giving much milk, I was barely getting two cups a day. After adding some loose minerals, some dairy ration to her normal hay ration she is providing about a quart give or take twice a day. We wasted no time in separating the cream from the milk and made fresh butter. The jar method was fun for the children but a butter churn would make easier work for sore arms, shake shake shake!

Back in action!

Well what can I say, it has been sometime since I blogged! Things have moved on here quite a bit since my last post. It is now December 1st, I cannot quite believe it.
Back in July we purchased a Dexter cow and calf called Mookie. The plan was to start milking Mookie as soon as I had built a suitable calf pen and milking area in the barn. Unfortunately it was mid November before I realized that her calf now 5 months old was way to big for the calf pen. The calf being a beef cross was no good for future milking so she was sold two weeks ago to a good home.
Since then I have milked Mookie twice a day and we are enjoying fresh milk, cream nd butter. I plan to make cheese when I get some supplies.

Enjoying the hay